U.S. Navy sailors exercising in the presence of their physical training instructor, 2010.

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to exercise:

Exercise – any bodily activity that enhances or log physical fitness and overall health and wellness. It is performed for various reasons including strengthening muscles and the cardiovascular system, honing athletic skills, weight loss or maintenance, as well as for the purpose of enjoyment. Frequent and regular physical exercise boosts the immune system, and helps prevent the "diseases of affluence" such as heart disease, cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes and obesity.[1][2]

Types of exercise

Aerobic exercise

Athletes taking part in a race in a snowy park in the US

Aerobic exercise

Anaerobic exercise

Anaerobic exercise

Strength training

Strength training (by muscle to be strengthened; (c) = compound exercise, (i) = isolated exercise)


A form of exercise consisting of a variety of movements that exercise large muscle groups.


Additional calisthenics exercises that can support the muscle groups –

Stretching exercises


Specialized training methods


Exercise and health

Health benefits of exercise

Main article: Physical exercise § Health effects

Dangers of exercise



History of exercise

Main article: History of physical training and fitness

Exercise equipment

List of exercise equipment



Physiology of exercise

Exercise physiology

Health monitor

Remote physiological monitoring

Miscellaneous concepts

Significant people of physical fitness


See also


  1. ^ Stampfer, M. J.; Hu, F. B.; Manson, J. E.; Rimm, E. B.; Willett, W. C. (2000). "Primary Prevention of Coronary Heart Disease in Women through Diet and Lifestyle". New England Journal of Medicine. 343 (1): 16–22. doi:10.1056/NEJM200007063430103. PMID 10882764.
  2. ^ Hu., F., Manson, J., Stampfer, M., Graham, C., et al. (2001). Diet, lifestyle, and the risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus in women. The New England Journal of Medicine, 345(11), 790–797. Retrieved October 5, 2006, from ProQuest database.